November 21, 2012
A Gothic Cabinet of Curiosities
"A collection of urban legends, ghosts, haunted houses, gothic horror stories and other curiosities." Recent posts include a Halloween ghost hunt; urban legends about Sleepy Hollow Road in Kentucky; and an article on America's Haunted Inns. Webmaster Todd Atteberry does a really good job of writing and organizing his blog.
Dark Cat Mansion
This New Mexico-based shop sells an intriguing array of odd horror jewelry (such as this Stitches bracelet), men's and women's clothing and jewelry, hats and socks, totes and wallets with skulls or stripes on them. There are also a few novelties such as an eyeball keychain. The product offering isn't broad, but I thought you might enjoy taking a quick peek at what they offer.
Good Mourning Shop
This Etsy shop purveys lovely antique Victorian mourning jewelry, including hair jewelry, lockets, pins and brooches, and rings. There are also some related odds and ends (books, photographs, and casket art). My favorite thing here is this Victorian mourning brooch, so gorgeous! Refreshing to see such well-cared for and carefully curated antique pieces.
Skeletons and More
This shop specializes in custom made skull and skeleton chandeliers, sconces, and other Halloween props based on a bone theme. They also craft some Halloween masks and decorations. While I wish I had blogged about this site pre-Halloween, I know there are a lot of us here who decorate our homes in a morbid fashion year-round anyway.
This artist ( William Bezek) creates incredible Halloween-themed art dolls. Currently on offer, "Lottie," "Lenora" and "Bertram." I love the dolls' Victorian-style black hats and their cheerfully creepy smiles.
The Phantom Cat's Otherworld
Rebecca blogs from Ireland about her goth and alternative interests. Recent posts include a cute "Goth Problems" video; a post on retiring her beloved Doc Martens; and pics of her Halloween finds. I also really enjoyed her post sharing pics of herself over the past several years. Love her hair in every single pic!
Saphire Rainforest's blog about her alternative modeling, as well as her gothy interests (bellydancing, goth music, her efforts on Etsy, and things that inspire her to create jewelry.
My Victorian Parlour
Cordelia's blog on Victorian lifestyle, family, and history. Recent post topics include Halloween, notable Victorians, mourning and spiritualism, and an amazing Victorian home.
Silks, Stays and Shadow-Truths
This is the new blog project by Jamie from Geeky Goth Girl. She's going to focus on darker fashion looks (rather than daily outfit posts), share her efforts and struggles as she works through NaNoWriMo this month, and plans to share her thoughts on feminism and civil rights.
Event hosts DJ Jason and DJ have been putting on fabulous goth events since 1996. I'm sure I had this link in my archives somewhere but here it is again. Upcoming: the "Through the Mirror" event on Saturday, November 24 - a samurai warrior themed night. I'd love to see pics from that!
This Sacramento, California goth night takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month. They play gothic, industrial, post Punk, EBM and Dark 80's.
Joe is the author of the Dead World series and had a novel nominated for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award in 2009. Here he shares what he's working on, thoughts on books he's reading, and interesting posts like In Praise of Spooky Old Buildings and Why I Write the Dark Stuff." There's also the occasional film review.
This horror blog is run by two horror chicks, "Myth Alice" and "Splatter Flick Chick." They're not afraid to take on the most disturbing of horror topics. They blog about movies, interview professionals in the horror industry, review web series and short films, and participate in a FearCast radio show.
Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin
November 17, 2012
DARK AND GOTHIC MUSIC:
The Death Notes
This goth/alternative band hails from Nottingham in the UK. Their female vocalist, Elaine, has a fabulous voice! I think you'll enjoy checking out some of their songs.
The Smiths Project
Ok, this is officially amazing. Back in 2010, Janice Whaley decided to cover all of the Smiths songs, all of them. She recorded them in her own voice, a cappella. You can listen to the songs online (such as Hatful of Hollow), or buy the albums. (Did she purchase the rights? I have no idea, I probably should check on this before promoting it).
Anyway, this is extremely cool. She really put a lot of work into this. I do enjoy her voice, and thought you might too. But I'm not sure I could listen to more than six or seven of these a cappella songs, however lovely, at a time. They're a bit slow. Relaxing though!
I'd love to hear what you thought of this project. Please drop a note in the Comments section of this post if you have the time.
Just wanted to drop a note that Gothspace, a gothic online community that started in 2007, is currently offline while they upgrade their community to a new platform. You can keep up with their progress here on their Facebook page.
This artist creates and sells gorgeous noir, steampunk, Neo-Victorian and ethereal necklaces, tiaras, hair combs and earrings. They describe their creations as "distressed imperial elegance." It's hard to pick a favorite item here, but I suppose I'll have to settle on this gothic clock hair comb.
Monster Mini Customs
This shop sells custom-made creepy furniture and accessories for Monster High dolls.
There are candelabras, coffin beds and lounges, spooky lamps, and this adorable batwing coffin bookshelf. After all the garish cheap plastic of Monster High, it's so refreshing to see these items made out of wood. Many of them are sold unfinished so you can paint them to your liking.
Nightshade Vampire Boutique
Gabrielle Faust's shop of vampire-related products: vampire books, jewelry, artwork, cosmetics, and custom fangs. There are also some pages of vampire events, resources, and a Nocturnal Confessions radio show. Check it out!
Disclaimer: I haven't logged in and tested this free online RPG game. "The war between vampires and werewolves has been raging for centuries."
I'm just too lazy, and I don't really want to give whoever runs this my real email address. (No offense). I just sort of thought this was a nice fun distraction and a reminder of some of the types of online games we eldergoths used to play before we had time suckers on Facebook and game apps on our phones. Judging by the forums it's still an active game with lots of players.
Elusive: "Lost in the Rain"
"Hold me, it's getting dark."
Zola Jesus: "Vessel"
One-Eyed Doll: "You're a Vampire"
Jez Kerr: "Isolation" (Joy Division cover)
I can't decide if I hate this cover, or if it's a work of genius. It's quite.. sped up.
--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin
November 1, 2012
I've been holding off on linking to this site for a long time, because the name is so very silly and gross. But I really enjoy Mary J. Hoffman's humorous horror art and films, and I think you will too.
The DeviantArt gallery of an artist/photographer from Spain. He calls this collection "Imagenes-Imperfectas." The photographs here are oddly unsettling - look at them more closely to find out why. My favorite here is "Honey, It's a Girl!"
This DeviantArt gallery is full of twisted illustrations: Twisted wallpaper, snapping cats, dark matter, twisted tales, and twisted monsters.
This artist lives in Brighton, England. They're inspired by Victorian medical books, old Victorian drawings and Victorian paraphernalia.
At this site you can view 3d Montages such as the one above; drawings; 3d collages; and creations made from plastic and fabric.
My Love Haunted Heart
This is a site dedicated to 1960s and 1970s era gothic romances. Half the fun here is staring at the lurid covers with their billowy fashions and creepy houses. But also, the reviews are intriguingly well written. Glad to know I'm not the only one with a soft spot for silly Victoria Holt gothic novels.
This UK-based Etsy shop sells adorably wicked little crocheted amigurumi dolls and monsters. My favorite is this evil kitty cat.
This shop sells beautiful Gothic Lolita and Visual Kei jewelry and accessories.
There are lots of skull and rose-themed items, plus unusual pieces such as this Queen of Crows Crown. I also don't run into stores that sell eye patches very often. Cool!
Kevin Bacon plays a former FBI agent who is tasked with hunting down an escaped serial killer. This is more drama than horror, but since it's about a serial killer, I thought I'd mention it here. Plus, it has really cool teaser art.
A club/venue in downtown Montreal, Quebec. It books bands who play punk, metal, black doom, psychobilly, rockabilly, electro-industrial, EBM, gothic, batcave and other alternative styles. I wouldn't go here hoping to attend a goth night, but if you're in the area looking for a show to go to, check out their upcoming gig listings.
The FearShop Horror Podcast
This horror podcast has been running for nearly four years. They are currently on Episode 86, which discusses and reviews Prometheus (2012), Smiley (2012), Chernobyl Diaries (2012), Adam Chaplin (2011) and Nightmare Concert (A Cat in the Brain)(1990).
This site offers to help you promote your horror-related books, films, blogs, websites, artwork, photography, stores, conventions, events, podcasts, press releases, and Kickstarter campaigns. At no cost! Even if you don't have something to promote, this is a fascinating site for people interested in horror. Updated daily, it helps you keep up with new happenings, new shows, movies, and publications in the genre. Currently blogging about the Shockfest Film Festival, the film The Bay arriving in theaters; and mentioning a 22 minute short called Bloody Aliens.
A cable horror show that's aired in over 50 cable markets across the country. Hosts Robyn Graves, Grimms, Wolfred and Marlena Midnite watch horror films and discuss the genre.
--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin